CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham Board of Education President Jill Critchley Weber pushed back on emails from former Chatham High graduates calling board members "lazy, ignorant and racist" because they had not yet acted on the demands made last month.
Weber responded to the communications from the CHS grads, saying that kind of language was "insulting" to the board members. Board member Michelle Clark said she objected to the "tone" struck in the emails.
At the July 13 meeting, three 2019 CHS graduates came before the board to "Demand" anti-racism training and changes in curriculum and hiring practices. And at its previous meeting this month, the board had spent a great deal of time reading out loud emails to the public on the subject.
Weber announced Monday that a report on the curriculum related to race would be made at a meeting in October. She also reiterated the board's "singular focus" on reopening schools safely and said it would take time to institute any changes.
Chatham mother Yutonya Horton spoke during public commentary on the subject and said that the responsibility for teaching children about race should be the parents. She said the board should be "very careful" in its approach and did not want her child taught that she is "oppressed" in the video below.
Chatham Superintendent Michael LaSusa explained that "every year we try to get better" when it comes to anti-racism practices in the video below.